Player Ratings: India vs Bangladesh

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Player Ratings: India vs Bangladesh

Post by ESPN » Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:42 pm

Player Ratings: India vs Bangladesh
Here's a look at how the players from both the sides performed in the first Test at Chittagong.
INDIA
Sachin Tendulkar: 10
When everything seems to be lost, Sachin always emerges as that elusive flicker of hope for the Indian team. India might have found themselves in an embarrassing position had the maestro not held the fort against the hosts' bowling attack. His unbeaten 105 helped India's rocking ship from sinking in the first innings.
Amit Mishra: 10
An important half-century and seven wickets in the match make Mishra one of the two best performers for India. While bowling, Mishra was instrumental in wrapping up the Bangladeshi innings by accounting for the tail-enders. When it came to batting, he went beyond his role of night-watchman and hit an impressive half-century.
Gautam Gambhir: 9
Isn't he the quintessential all-weather cricketer? Be it ODIs or Tests, India can always rely on this one to come up with a winning or a match-saving knock. Though Gambhir also could not hold out against a rampaging Bangladeshi bowling attack initially, he made up for that in the second innings. His 116 put the match beyond Bangladesh's reach.
Virender Sehwag: 8
Bangladesh had almost cooked Sehwag's goose for calling them an ‘ordinary' side. They came up with an extraordinary display to put the visitors on the backfoot. The stand-in skipper, however, was lucky to end up on the winning side. He also contributed an important 52 in the first innings and followed it by hitting 45 runs in the second.
VVS Laxman: 8
India's second Test specialist (after Dravid) took charge of India's batting once Gautam Gambhir was back into the dressing room after hitting his century. The Hyderabadi batsman's unbeaten 69 in the second innings helped India take a handsome lead against Bangladesh.
Zaheer Khan: 8
Zaheer led the Indian bowling attack well and got rid of Bangladesh's top order during both the innings before they could pose a big challenge. He packed off three dangermen -- Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan in the first innings to help India retain the slender one-run lead. He also contributed 31 runs in total.
Sreesanth: 5
The entertaining bowler didn't have an awe-inspiring outing at Chittagong. Though he could only take two wickets in the match, in first innings, his strikes were very important for India - Raquibul Hasan and Mahmudullah, who made half-century for the hosts.
Rahul Dravid: 3
After impressive performances in the Test series against Sri Lanka last year, the ‘wall' had an unforgettable outing at Chittagong. India's Test specialist had an unfortunate run out in the first innings, making just four runs. In the second innings as well, he could only add 24 runs to India's score before getting run out again.
Yuvraj Singh: 3
Yuvi failed to provide India the much-needed strength in the middle-order. Even if he was just one among the many who failed to take the Bangladeshi bowling by its horns, Yuvraj had no business playing bad shots and lose his wicket cheaply.
Dinesh Karthik: 3
Karthik's work behind the stumps in absence of regular 'keeper-skipper MS Dhoni was satisfactory. He, however, missed on a brilliant chance to stake his claim for a more regular inclusion in the national side as he could not do much with the bat. He got out at naught in the first innings and managed 27 in the second.
BANGLADESH
Shakib Al Hasan - 10
If Bangladesh tried their best to prove a certain Sehwag wrong, the skipper came out with a mesmerising performance himself to save his side's reputation. He launched the attack against India by first getting rid of Sehwag himself in both the innings and then took seven wickets in total to put India on backfoot. He also made 34 runs in total.
Shahadat Hossain - 10
Shahadat played a perfect aide to skipper Shakib in wrecking havoc against India. He took as many as five wickets in the first innings and one in the second to keep the Indian batsmen on a tight leash. He also made 35 runs in total.
Mushfiqur Rahim - 9
Rahim did well to Test India's patience as he hit the fastest century for Bangladesh against India. His 101 helped his side prolong the fate and reduce the margin of defeat. He had also contributed an important 44 in the first innings. Also, he was quite alert behind the stumps.
Tamim Iqbal - 8
Tamim continued his good form from the recently-concluded ODI tri-series into the Test as well. He gave the hosts a good start in both the innings, making 31 and 52 runs respectively. His side unfortunately could not build on those knocks on both the occasions.
Mahmudullah - 8
He took Bangladesh within reach of taking a lead in the first innings by hitting 69 runs towards the end. He then got rid of Indian night-watchman Amit Mishra, who was looking dangerous enough to pile on some more misery on the hosts. He made a quick 20 in the second innings.
Rubel Hossain - 4
The marks are purely for dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in the second innings. Rubel accounted for Sachin when he was just at 16 runs and was looking good to follow up his first-innings' century with another impressive knock.
Shafiul Islam - 4
Shafiul finally relieved his side of gloom and got Gambhir sent back at 116. That was all he could contribute in the match as Shakib and Shahadat didn't leave anything for others in the first innings and the wickets got divided among the bowlers in the second.
Imrul Kayes - 3
Imrul Kayes failed to lend Tamim the needed support to kick-off the Bangladesh innings in a perfect mode. He could not withstand the early attack from the Indian bowlers and lost his wicket cheaply in both the innings. He managed a paltry 23 in the first and just one run in the second.
Shahriar Nafees - 3
After the India bowlers dealt Bangladesh early blows by getting rid of Kayes every time, the responsibility lied with Nafees to keep his side from suffering more jolts. But, all he could do was lose his wicket for just four runs in the first innings and 21 in the second.
Mohammad Ashraful - 3
Apart from Tamim, Bangladesh's whole top order disappointed and failed to take any advantage of India's low score in the first innings. Ashraful contributed 29 runs in total to Bangladesh's cause and fell victim to Ishant Sharma in both the innings.
Raquibul Hassan - 3
Bangladesh might have put some more pressure on India had their middle-order performed well. Raquibul also continued in the same vein as the others before him and hit only 17 and 13 runs respectively in both the innings.

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